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In a move aimed at refining the process of family reunification for expatriates, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) in Kuwait has announced the resumption of processing family reunification visas for expatriates, effective from Sunday, 28 January 2024. This decision, as reported by Wego, is in line with new regulations and criteria.


The directive, issued by Deputy Prime Minister, Defense Minister, and Acting Interior Minister Sheikh Fahad Yusuf Saud Al-Sabah, signifies a major shift in the administration of entry permits for family reunions. The MoI’s Department of Security Relations and Media has released a statement detailing the new directives and protocols.

As per Ministerial Decree No. 56 of 2024, applicants must fulfill several prerequisites to be eligible for family reunification visas. Notably, individuals applying are required to have a minimum monthly salary of KD 800, reflecting a conscious effort to ensure financial stability among applicants. Additionally, applicants must hold a university degree and work in a field that aligns with their area of expertise.

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The Ministry of Interior has stated that these revisions aim to enhance the integrity and efficiency of the visa issuance process, with the objective of establishing a more streamlined and transparent system. The ultimate goal is to facilitate family reunions under conditions that contribute positively to their overall well-being and integration into Kuwaiti society.

The implementation of Ministerial Resolution No. (56 of 2024) marks a significant moment in Kuwait’s immigration policies, introducing new conditions and regulations to balance the needs of expatriate families with the broader socio-economic objectives of the country.

The decision to increase the salary threshold and emphasize educational qualifications underscores Kuwait’s commitment to maintaining a structured and coherent immigration framework. By setting clear eligibility criteria, authorities aim to create a more robust system aligned with national priorities, fostering the smooth integration of expatriates into Kuwaiti society. This move is seen as a significant step towards refining Kuwait’s immigration policies.